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College Theatre presents thought-provoking drama ‘A Doll’s House’

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 24, 2018

The College of Lake County Theatre Department presents the drama “A Doll’s House” Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. Performances take place in the Studio Theatre of James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on CLC’s Grayslake Campus.

A groundbreaking modern masterwork by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, “A Doll’s House” is the story of Nora Helmer, a young wife and mother married to Torvald, a recently promoted bank manager. The pair seem to have an idyllic life until a terrible secret from Nora’s past threatens to shatter her world and she begins to question everything. When it first Photo of characters from A Doll's House theatre productionpremiered in 1879, “A Doll’s House” sent shockwaves throughout Europe and, nearly 150 years later, it continues to be as bold, brilliant and alive as ever.

The play’s universal themes of gender equality and what it means to have a true partnership in a marriage still resonate today, said Alicia Hall, adjunct threatre professor who is directing the play. “Because of the challenge to perceived gender roles, ‘A Doll’s House’ struck a deep chord in audiences of the time and was viewed as highly controversial work,” said Hall. “It’s one of the earliest plays to be centered around a female character, and the emerging women’s rights movement seized the play as a banner for women’s independence.”

Photo: Dylan Thomas of Winthrop Harbor and Maddison Crecchio of Round Lake Beach appear in CLC’s student play “A Doll’s House” Nov. 9-17. 

This version of the play is translated by award-winning playwright, Christopher Hampton.

Tickets are available in person at the Box Office, by phone at (847) 543-2300 or online at, which also has pricing and discount information. To request sign language interpreting, please contact the Box Office at least two weeks in advance.


'A Doll’s House' cast and hometowns:


Nora Helmer: Maddison Crecchio (Round Lake Beach)

Torvald Helmer: Dylan Thomas (Winthrop Harbor)

Dr. Rank: Gregory Nevil (Waukegan)

Kristine Linde: Kassandra Phelan (Waukegan)

Nils Krogstad: Josh Pride (Wadsworth)

Anne-Marie: Makala Griswold (Round Lake)

Helene: Isabella Cernuska (Round Lake)

About the CLC Theatre Department:

The CLC Theatre Department offers 13 different courses and an Associate in Arts degree, with emphasis either on theatre performance (acting/directing) or technical theatre (design/stage management). For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040 or visit Or become a fan of the College of Lake County Theatre Department Facebook page.


About the College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County.